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Calendar, Archive 101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl From The Beatles to The Sex Pistols,

101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl From The Beatles to The Sex Pistols,

Sometime around 1990, I walked into the now-departed Tower Records on Sunset, circled the interior and then — unnerved — asked a clerk where the records — as in Tower Records — were. "We stopped selling 'em," he said. "Customers don't buy 'em — only cassettes and CDs." Bullshit, I...…
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Oliver Stone

Despite our creation myth, the story of America can be legitimately explained as one motherfucker after another chopping down the cherry tree and not copping to it. Along with metaphorical trees, millions of Indians, blacks, Latinos, Asians, dissidents, free thinkers - and citizens of other nations - were bugled to...…
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It’s Not Just For Juvenile Delinquents Anymore

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Beatles Stories

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Hendrix on Hendrix

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Best Proof That One Can Talk While Playing Guitar With One’s Teeth

“Once you are dead, you are made for life,” said Jimi Hendrix in 1969, a year and a half before his sad departure. He’s thusly quoted in Hendrix on Hendrix (Chicago Review Press), Steven Roby’s third, truly fine book about the Master of the Stratocaster and the first in which Jimi does a majority of the talking. In this collection of most of the major interviews during Hendrix’s short but revolutionizing career, Roby shows the famously shy Seattle kid as a walking contradiction — voluble, self-effacing, outrageous, down-home, visionary and consistently fascinating. “I was schooled by radio and records,” Jimi says of his musical education. “My teachers were common sense and imagination.” He also indicates more than once that he was toying with a synthesis of rock and classical music — something he never got to do. Author/editor Roby will read from his book tonight, though he probably will not pour lighter fluid on it and torch it. The ’60s are so over, man. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Thurs., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. Also at Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Sat., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com; Eso Won Books, 4331 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park; Tues., Oct. 9, 7 p.m. (323) 290-1048, esowonbookstore.com; Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Wed., Oct. 10, 7 p.m. (323) 463-3273, larryedmunds.com. Like Jimi’s spirit, all events are free; book is $24.95. —Michael Simmons…
Calendar, Archive Poems for Sociopaths

Poems for Sociopaths

"At last, their smugness is united: their compatible vacuity, their insufferable beaming. They were meant for each other . . . ." So reads a portion of the opening poem from John Tottenham's new collection, Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment (Penny-Ante Editions). Epithalamia are classical odes to...…
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Calendar, Archive Sincerely L. Cohen

Sincerely L. Cohen

Sincerely L. Cohen As a young teenager, Leonard Cohen literally hypnotized the clothes off the family maid, an act followed by lifelong obsessions with the mysteries of consciousness and naked dames. Author/journalist/ukulele goddess Sylvie Simmons spent three years researching and writing the definitive Cohen biography I'm Your Man (Ecco), and...…
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Calendar, Archive Michael Ochs

Michael Ochs

In 1977, Michael Ochs founded and made available the most comprehensive collection of rock photography in the world — the aptly named Michael Ochs Archives. "It brought out my mischievous side when clients or artists came down to see a specific picture," Ochs remembers. For instance, after showing standard Supremes...…
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Calendar, Archive Open Mouths, Open Minds

Open Mouths, Open Minds

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Calendar, Archive AND He Really Grows a Thick Beard!

AND He Really Grows a Thick Beard!

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Calendar, Archive Still Blowing Out Candles  in the Wind

Still Blowing Out Candles in the Wind

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Calendar, Archive Red -- Hank You Very Much

Red -- Hank You Very Much

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Music, Bob Dylan Turns 70

Bob Dylan Turns 70

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Calendar, Archive COME SMELL UNCLE JOHN'S BAND

COME SMELL UNCLE JOHN'S BAND

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Calendar, Archive Make Out, Little Susie

Make Out, Little Susie

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Calendar, Archive Not That <i> Arthur</i>. This Arthur.

Not That Arthur. This Arthur.

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Calendar, Archive The Other Nirvana

The Other Nirvana

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Calendar, Archive All the News That's Fit to Rock

All the News That's Fit to Rock

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Calendar, Archive THERE'S NO "THE" BEFORE EAGLES

THERE'S NO "THE" BEFORE EAGLES

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